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Chelsea star signs new long-term contract

Mikel has signed a new five-year deal (©GettyImages)
Mikel has signed a new five-year deal (©GettyImages).

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has signed a new five-year contract, committing his future to the Stamford Bridge club until 2017.

The 25-year-old defensive midfielder joined Chelsea in 2006, after a last-minute change of heart saw him pull out of a move to Manchester United at the eleventh hour.

The Nigerian international will have completed 11 years at the club if he sees out his contract, and Mikel has established himself as a key part of Chelsea's team under a number of different managers.

And the midfielder said in the Daily Mail: "Chelsea seems like my home now because I have been here over six years and I enjoy my time here.

"I come into the training ground every day to work and I value my time there. I am happy and want to keep going and win trophies for this club."

The normally under-the-radar Mikel has found himself the centre of attention this season, as Chelsea lodged an official complaint after the Blues star was told he was called a 'monkey' by referee Mark Clattenburg during Chelsea's Premier League defeat to Manchester United in October.

Clattenburg has since been cleared of the allegation, and Mikel now faces a potential punishment from the FA for confronting Clattenburg in the referees' room after the match.

The Nigeria international helped Chelsea win the Champions League last season - the first in their history - and has one Premier League winners medal, four FA Cups and one League Cup.

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